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Futile Fonts

Do you like fonts based on ultra-obscure 1980s LED displays, or based on ROM dumps from the Commodore 64's pen plotter? Of course you do! [via mefi projects]
posted by aniola on Oct 16, 2016 - 18 comments

no more tofu

Noto, one of the most expansive typographic families ever made, supports 800 languages, 100 scripts in up to eight different weights, innumerable special characters, and absolutely no tofu. (SLWired)
posted by Huck500 on Oct 6, 2016 - 14 comments

Letters make nice buildings

Buildings used to be designed less as big blocks and more as complex shapes, even shaped like letters, to minimize the distance to an exterior wall and maximize natural light and ventilation. In fact, in 1773, Johann David Steingruber (Google auto-translation) published Architectonisches Alphabet, or Architectural Alphabet (Archive.org), providing an alphabet (more or less) worth of floor plans. It's in German, so you'll probably skip ahead and start with A. Of course, you can still find plenty of letter-shaped buildings (and write geo-greetings), thanks to the ubiquity of aerial photography.
posted by filthy light thief on May 18, 2016 - 10 comments

"Text Mode Lives!"

The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Resource
posted by DoctorFedora on Feb 5, 2016 - 37 comments

There's a font for every broken heart on Broadway

13 miles of typography on Broadway from A to Zabar's, New York City's showiest street shows off its signage (and yes, it includes an example of Broadway font)
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 17, 2015 - 6 comments

Inspired by mathematical theorems or open problems...

Conveyer Belt Font. More mathematical and puzzle fonts/typefaces you can play with in your browser. Read about them in the article Fun with Fonts: Algorithmic Typography. [PDF]
posted by Wolfdog on Sep 8, 2015 - 6 comments

Bonus points for knowing the UK roadsign font

Infographic: Know Your Fonts [Electric Literature]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 19, 2015 - 30 comments

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Seb Lester is an astonishing calligrapher and graphic designer. In this clip, he freehands a number of famous logos... [more inside]
posted by quin on May 9, 2015 - 35 comments

When two fonts love each other very much...

Move over Brangelina. And Bennifer. And Kimye, TomKat*, and Desilu. And sporks. And ligers. EVERYONE MOVE OVER! We're making room for the world's first genetically engineered superfont.
Comic Papyrus is finally here. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Mar 27, 2015 - 40 comments

"It makes me want to punch someone in the face."

Typographica reviews its favorite typefaces of 2014.
posted by How the runs scored on Mar 22, 2015 - 19 comments

Leveraging the synergy of ligatures

Need a font to give your new business plan some extra oomph? Try Sans Bullshit Sans.
How it works.
posted by anemone of the state on Mar 7, 2015 - 24 comments

It's not Ikea Sans—Sweden's new national typeface

Stockholm-based design firm Söderhavet has designed a typeface for Sweden that it thinks sums up the country's own design heritage. The resulting typeface is a practical serif/sans hybrid that is inspired by Sweden's tradition of minimalist design, and the principal of lagom—not too much, but not too little.
posted by polywomp on Feb 21, 2015 - 55 comments

1916.tiff: Recovering the Doves Type

“I went on to the foreshore when the tide was out, looked around the riverbed and found three pieces within 20 minutes.”
(The Doves Type, previously.)
posted by scruss on Feb 7, 2015 - 22 comments

Design off the beaten path

Trail Type is a site showcasing loads of examples of type found out on the trail. You probably thought there were only a couple standard fonts used by Forest Service and National Park organizations, but it turns out there are loads of different examples of handmade, routered-into-wood, and quickly made letterforms, and they're all beautiful.
posted by mathowie on Jan 12, 2015 - 29 comments


Typography in Alien. (Also, Moon and 2001: A Space Odyssey.)
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse on Dec 2, 2014 - 35 comments

"In the fourth year of the reign of Emperor Trajan..."

Tobias Frere-Jones (creator of the Gotham typeface) explores the history of font names. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Oct 14, 2014 - 3 comments

Kerning is next, little one.

Watch this little girl identify fonts.
posted by pjern on Sep 16, 2014 - 50 comments

Let’s talk about margins

We’re making a book. The margins are important. Do you know how important? [SLMed]
posted by infini on Sep 12, 2014 - 43 comments

Development of the Trajan Typeface

"Although they have had remarkable longevity, the Trajan letterforms have not always been as hot as they are now. In fact, the last time they enjoyed such popularity was in the... first century." Includes Carol Twombly's recollection of designing the iconic modern typeface. (You've totally seen it.) [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Sep 8, 2014 - 15 comments

What font do fish fear the most? Gill Sans

Via Awwwards.com, it's The 100 Greatest Free Fonts for 2014
posted by porn in the woods on Aug 15, 2014 - 23 comments

Infused with the personality of the neighborhood

Designer Adam Chang rode New York's trains for 20 hours, using 9 swipes to visit 118 stations, to bring you the NY Train Project.
posted by Joe in Australia on May 27, 2014 - 11 comments

Typography in 8 bits: System fonts

My love of typography originated in the 80′s with the golden years of 8-bit home computing and their 8×8 pixel monospaced fonts on low-resolution displays.
posted by Confess, Fletch on May 14, 2014 - 42 comments

New York's Erstwhile "Type Ward"

New York once had a concentration of type foundries near City Hall. "What did they find so vital about this one neighborhood?"
posted by ChuckRamone on Apr 18, 2014 - 4 comments

A Typographic Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey – Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece – seems an appropriate place to start a blog about typography in sci-fi. Amongst other delights, it offers a zero-gravity toilet, emergency resuscitations, exploding bolts, and product placement aplenty. It’s also the Ur Example of Eurostile Bold Extended’s regular appearance in spacecraft user interfaces. [via]
posted by planetesimal on Feb 2, 2014 - 36 comments

When Doves Cries

"ON DARK evenings in late 1916, a frail 76-year-old man could often be seen shuffling furtively between The Dove, a pub in west London, and the green and gold turrets of Hammersmith Bridge. Passers-by paid no attention, for there was nothing about Thomas Cobden-Sanderson’s nightly walks to suggest that he was undertaking a peculiar and criminal act of destruction." The Economist's Christmas Edition tells the story of "the Fight Over the Doves": “No more graceful Roman letter has ever been cut and cast,” [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Dec 22, 2013 - 23 comments

L'eau de rien

Looking for a holiday gift for the designer who has everything? Drench them in Helvetica The Perfume. Twitter feed. Via.
posted by sutt on Dec 1, 2013 - 48 comments

Broadcast Quality

Script excerpts and development materials from The Top 20 Best Written TV Series [exhibit] from the Writers Guild Foundation collections. [more inside]
posted by maggieb on Oct 28, 2013 - 65 comments

Final Fontasy

Type:Rider is an exploration of the history of typography, from cave paintings to the modern day, in which you play a colon (which navigates something like a motorcycle) traversing a landscape composed of various fonts. [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Oct 22, 2013 - 3 comments


Typehunting. A very long page of very well curated snippets of lettering and typography on packages from decades ago.
posted by ardgedee on Aug 19, 2013 - 12 comments

The ZXX typeface: Zalgo meets Captcha to prevent OCR

During my service in the Korean military, I worked for two years as special intelligence personnel for the NSA, learning first-hand how to extract information from defense targets. Now, as a designer, I am influenced by these experiences and I have become dedicated to researching ways to “articulate our unfreedom” and to continue the evolution of my own thinking about censorship, surveillance, and a free society.
ZXX is a disruptive typeface designed by an ex-Korean intelligence officer to prevent automated text processing. ZXX Type Specimen Video. Project site offers a free download (.zip, 77 KB).
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 22, 2013 - 43 comments

Changing Perceptions, One Icon At A Time

The Accessible Icon Project seeks to change public perception of the disabled by subtly redesigning the traditional blue-and-white accessibility icon. New York City is one of the first to embrace the new design.
Also: OpenDyslexic, a free font designed to lessen confusion between visually similar letterforms.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Jun 14, 2013 - 31 comments

Cat Font

Input text; output text in cats via The Bloggess
posted by HMSSM on May 10, 2013 - 11 comments

Would you say no to having David Bowie on your Coffee Table?

Along with a career retrospective, the V&A Museum in London will publish an extensive photo book covering Bowie's career to date. Graphic design studio Barnbrook has designed the 'David Bowie is' book which accompanies the V&A's exhibition of the same name. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Mar 6, 2013 - 5 comments

Typography Nerds Take Note

Courier Prime, a new, updated, better-looking and free (beer and speech) version of Courier has been released. It's been designed for screen plays but very much suitable for other uses, including documents, the web and mobile applications. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Jan 30, 2013 - 69 comments

Word As Image, by Ji Lee

Challenge: Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself.
Rule: use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.
From the mind of Ji Lee [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Jan 7, 2013 - 20 comments

Radiohead - Comet, Crying, Vivarium, Ten

Something Awful.com - Design The Worst Band T-Shirt Ever.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 2, 2012 - 58 comments

Branding the US Presidents: USG - The Butcher

Branding the US Presidents. [via]
posted by cashman on Oct 17, 2012 - 68 comments

Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Adobe is getting in on Google's act, offering 500 font familes of Typekit fonts for you to use for free on your website.
posted by crunchland on Sep 24, 2012 - 42 comments

The ascending and descending trajectory of grunge typography

The Rise And Fall Of Grunge Typography.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 23, 2012 - 45 comments

The conscious awareness of Comic Sans promotes — at least among some people — contempt and summary dismissal.

But is there a font that promotes, engenders a belief that a sentence is true?
posted by OverlappingElvis on Aug 9, 2012 - 69 comments

Taylor Mali poem, animated

A typographical animation of Taylor Mali's poem, "Totally like whatever, you know?"
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 1, 2012 - 18 comments

You couldn't just Tweet the Declaration of Independence

The Dunlap broadside was the first printing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 12, 2012 - 9 comments

Big (and small) Numbers

FatFonts creates numerical fonts where the amount of ink/pixels for each number is in direct proportion to its value.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 14, 2012 - 23 comments

Frustro: The Impossible Typeface

Hungarian designer Martzi Hegedűs has created a single typeface, titled Frustro, on the sole premise of making it impossible.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 23, 2012 - 21 comments

Character Study

Graphemica. For people who letters, numbers, punctuation, &c.
posted by Scoop on Feb 28, 2012 - 11 comments

Twenty Cats, as Fonts

Do you like cats? Do you like fonts? Do you like cats... and fonts?
posted by The corpse in the library on Feb 15, 2012 - 50 comments

Today I learned that there's a Randomize Text button in Photoshop/Illustrator.

Bad Rave Flyers
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Feb 2, 2012 - 43 comments

Tack-o-rama: Retro resources for designers

Tack-o-rama : Retro resources for designers. (With associated Tumblr blog) [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on Jan 30, 2012 - 4 comments

The Comic Sans Project

posted by blue_beetle on Jan 8, 2012 - 79 comments

Quivera, a fairly complete Unicode font

𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝑸𝒖𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒓𝓪, 𝓪 𝒇𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝑻𝒓𝒖𝒆𝑻𝒚𝒑𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝓪𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝓪𝒊𝒏𝒔 10,000 𝒄𝒉𝓪𝒓𝓪𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔. 𝓘𝓯 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓱𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓲𝓽 𝓲𝓷𝓼𝓽𝓪𝓵𝓵𝓮𝓭, 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓬𝓪𝓷 𝓻𝓮𝓪𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓶𝓮𝓼𝓼𝓪𝓰𝓮 (𝔲𝔫𝔩𝔢𝔰𝔰 𝔶𝔬𝔲'𝔯𝔢 𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝕮𝔥𝔯𝔬𝔪𝔢).
"Here is Quivira, a free TrueType font that contains 10,000 characters. If you have it installed, you can read this message (unless you're using Chrome)." [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 10, 2011 - 111 comments

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